I was looking through another (now locked) thread and read a post that suggested that “being gay” is without question, sinful. Not to target whoever posted that post, but it got me thinking:
It seems that we should be more precise in what we say about homosexuallity, both in terms of what it is, how it is expressed and how we as Catholic Christians “deal with it”, for lack of a better term.
For example, when someone says, “my friend is gay”, does that mean he has a same-sex attraction? Does that mean that he is participating in homosexual activity? Does that mean that he is struggling with his sexual identity?
In order to have reasonable discussions with non-Catholics about homosexuality issues, we need to be clear about what the Church teaches in terms of one’s orientation and one’s actions. And, in many cases, reasonable discussion is either a precursor to or part of a step towards first, understanding Church teachings and second, helping to struggle with them and ultimately accept them.